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Dem Senator on Obamacare Switch: 'This Was The Law. How Can They Change The Law?'

7:12 PM, Jul 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Democratic senator Tom Harkin, who's retiring at the end of this term, had some blunt words for the Obama administration over the recent change to Obamacare. "This was the law. How can they change the law?"

Harkin is referring to Obama administration's decision to delay the employer mandate in Obamacare, even though it's part of the law, Obamacare, which Congress passed and the president signed into law.

Harkin made his comment to the New York Times.

Some Democrats were also dismayed by the White House’s actions. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and an author of the health law, questioned whether Mr. Obama had the authority to unilaterally delay the employer mandate.

“This was the law. How can they change the law?” he asked.

For its part, the White House continued to look flat-footed on the issue. After an almost surreptitious evening announcement of the delay last week, posted on the Treasury Department’s Web site, the White House is declining to send a representative to a House hearing on the decision that is scheduled for Wednesday. An administration official might testify next week.

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